• Breanna Johns

Father of shooting victim sues deputy who didn't enter Florida school

The father of Meadow Pollack, who was a victim in the Valentine’s Day school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is suing the armed officer who stood outside of the school as people were being killed inside.

The father, Andrew Pollack, says former sheriff’s deputy and the school’s resource officer, Scot Peterson, is his main target in the wrongful death lawsuit filed Monday, April 30, 2018, in Broward County.

"He let my daughter get shot nine times at point-blank range," Pollack told the Miami Herald. "He had the opportunity to go in and instead, let all those people get murdered."

According to WCTV, “The lawsuit also names 19-year-old shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz; the estate of Cruz's mother, who died in November; and James and Kimberly Snead, the couple who took Cruz in after his mother died. It also names three behavioral and mental health facilities that evaluated Cruz at some point before the shooting.”

Peterson was suspended with pay, but after video surveillance footage from the school showed Peterson not going inside the school when the shooting began, he immediately resigned and retired on Feb. 23, 2018.

Peterson is Pollack’s main target. Pollack said, “He could have stopped it. Could have saved my kid.”

Pollack wants to let people know that Peterson is a “coward.”

"My daughter died crawling by a doorway — shielding a classmate who also ended up dying — waiting for someone to come help her. Help never came."